Reopening Vermont – Phase 3

Work Smart & Stay Safe

Last Friday, May 1, Gov Scott announced a third phase in the slow reopening of Vermont’s economy. Addendum 12 allows certain businesses with crews of 10 or fewer people to resume operations. The addendum also includes additions to the previously established health and safety guidelines for such businesses.

Gov Scott emphasized the importance of continuing to try to stop the spread of COVID-19: “There is no playbook on what we can expect so we’ve focused on sectors like manufacturing and construction that have controlled environments, open space and built-in mechanisms and expertise in the areas of health and safety training. They’ll be able to set an example for others as we look to do more in other sectors.”

“We also have to recognize that states like Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York – states right on our borders and just a few hours away – are still confronting massive outbreaks and it only takes one spark, or one unhelpful decision, to reignite this fire. We all need to continue to be smart, cautious and disciplined to preserve our hard-earned gains,” he added.

Expansion of Healthcare Services

On Monday, May 4, Gov Scott issued an amendment to Addendum 3 to his Executive Order. This amendment allows healthcare providers to begin non-essential outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic imaging and outpatient procedures. Providers must demonstrate that they are adhering to physical distancing and relevant CDC guidelines regarding infection control and prevention in order to maintain a safe environment for patients and staff.

Stay Home, Stay Safe

The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order is in effect through May 15. As restrictions are lifted, there is an increased risk of transmission of the virus. Please continue to practice physical distancing, wear a face mask, wash your hands often and do not touch your face!